Do you think there is a fluid connection between your life and your art? If so, how would you define it?
Yes, My personal life and my art definitely cannot be separated. I’m inspired by my life and by who I am. I’ve tried to tackle issues and concepts far from who I am. I’ve tried hard to separate myself from my work. It’s only been recently that I started embracing the idea of creating personal work. Using my life and myself as a source of inspiration is burdensome. Every piece of work or idea is precious and vulnerable right from the start. In my opinion the art can never be separated from an artist’s life. Being an artist isn’t a choice; it’s an internal essence and drive.
This all being said there is still a clear separation between my family and my artistic life. I never tell my family about my art, there is a distinct separation between these worlds. This distinction and separation is strongest with my most recent body of work. Marrying homosexuality and religion, two integral parts of who I am, is hard. In a way it’s turned my artistic passion into a sinful act, something disrespectful, something I’m hiding.
Do you seek out activities to further your artistic practice or do you let your natural interests dictate your work?
I don’t necessarily seek out activities to further my artistic practices. I find art in everything that I do. Even the smallest activities turn into an artistic exploration. I mainly do what I’m interested in. I try to get out of my practice so that the art making process doesn’t drive me insane. I pride myself in the diversity of my interests and talents. I can’t imagine having a singular passion/outlet. If I had to establish a hierarchy, as an artist I would categorize myself as a performer first, then a photographer, a musician, then a dancer. My natural interests don’t dictate my work but they definitely inform them and merge into the works that I do.
Are you most attracted to the tangible or intangible? Which describes your work and how so?
I’m most attracted to the tangible, especially with art. I feel like there is so much intangible bullshit involved in art creation today. I like to create things that don’t need much explanation, accessible, and tangible. I want to create work that doesn’t require a scholar with an honorary doctorate degree to write pages of rhetorical analysis before the general public can understand the work. I strongly believe that one of the most fundamental and essential duties of an artist is to turn the intangible into the tangible. If an artist doesn’t complete this translation and creates work that is still inaccessible to the audience, he/she has failed.
How do you decide which media is best to illustrate your concepts?
The concept comes first and the form comes after. One thing I find exciting about my practice is that I don’t quite know what’s going to come out at the other end when I first begin. I like to implement everything that I know and keep things different and exciting.